Pakistani Security Agencies Identify Key Person Behind Blast Outside Hafiz Saeed House, Arrest 3 Months – The New Indian Express


Through PTI

LAHORE: Pakistani security agencies have identified the key person behind a car bomb explosion outside the brain house of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) leader Hafiz Saeed banned here and arrested three other people in connection with the case, officials said on Saturday.

Three Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) teams have been dispatched to Karachi, Peshawar and Sheikhupura to gather more information on those involved in the blast, an official said.

According to Punjab Justice Minister Basharat Raja, so far eight suspects have been arrested in connection with Wednesday’s blast that has left three dead and 21 injured.

“Three other suspects have been arrested in Lahore, Sheikhupura and Peshawar in connection with the Lahore explosion on information from the main suspect – Peter Paul David,” a CTD official told PTI.

He said the three suspects remained in contact with David whose car was used in the explosion.

Investigators are trying to get hold of the “brains” of the explosion, he said.

Another official said the brain behind the explosion had been identified and his name was Samiullah from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KPK).

“Currently Samiullah lives in Dubai and his brother had placed explosives in the car,” he said, adding that the police were conducting raids to arrest Samiullah’s brother.

David was arrested at Lahore airport on Thursday, a day after the explosion.

“Yesterday our team raided David’s residence in Mahmoodabad (southern Karachi) and seized his trip and other important documents,” he said.

David’s link with MQM-London is also under review, he said. The Muhajir Qaumi Movement is a Pakistani political party founded by Altaf Hussain in 1984.

Currently the party is divided between 2 main factions.

The MQM-London faction is controlled by Hussain, who lived in exile in the UK.

David would have dual citizenship. Authorities have not yet confirmed whether his other nationality is Bahrain or the United Arab Emirates.

According to the official, David’s wife and son had left their Karachi residence before the police raid.

“David has two sons – Denzel and Cummings. Denzel had been arrested in the past for allegedly providing drugs at dance parties. He currently lives in Dubai. Cummings lives with his mother in Karachi,” the official said, adding that David has a junkyard and hotel business in Bahrain.

He frequently traveled between Pakistan and the Gulf countries, he said.

Another Punjabi police official told PTI that David provided his car to the suspect who parked on a police picket outside Saeed’s house at the Board of Revenue Society Johar Town and left 15 minutes before he left. it does not explode using a remote control device.

Some 15 kg of explosives were reportedly installed in the car.

An FIR has been registered in the sections against unknown terrorists.

Saeed, 71, is serving a prison sentence at Kot Lakhpat High Security Prison in Lahore for his conviction in terrorist financing cases.

The explosion sparked rumors that Saeed was present in the house.

Saeed, a UN-designated terrorist on whom the United States has placed a bounty of $ 10 million, has been sentenced to 36 years in prison in five terrorist financing cases. His punishment runs simultaneously.

JuD led by Saeed is the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) front organization responsible for the 2008 Bombay attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

The US Treasury Department has named Saeed a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. It was listed in UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008.

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